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Steeped in Tradition—We are Building Progressing, and Working For the Future of BPW!! Words from the President:


The Achiever

Business and Professional Women of Tennessee

Volume 1, Issue 12

Inside this May 2013 Issue:

2ND ANNUAL TENNESSEE WOMEN VETERANS SUMMIT REPORT If anyone is looking for a group of women to recruit for membership I don’t think you can go wrong with our women veterans. State Secretary LeeAnn Gaddis and I attended the Summit on April 13 and were very impressed with the ladies we spoke to. They are dedicated, disciplined and for the most part, self-confident enough to get things done. After all, they’ve been trained that way in the military. At our convention this year, we are dedicating Friday lunch and afternoon workshops to women veterans issues, so if you know of any in your area, ask them to attend the convention. They can learn about benefits, health, job and education issues. This is an untapped population of potential BPW members, that I think will be well worth your time to tap into. One of Cumberland Co.’s new members is Sarah Tinch. Not only is she a member, but she has taken on the job as local secretary, and is also doing a workshop at convention! She’s a terrific asset to our organization already. Most of you probably already realize that April was Volunteer Appreciation month, since I’m pretty sure most of you volunteer in some capacity in your local community. That’s the nature of who we are. If you are looking for another way to volunteer, sign up to be a mentor with Foundation’s Mentoring Plus program. Recognized by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden as a model program, this is a way for you to make a difference in the life of someone who served all of us by serving our country. Unemployment statistics for women veterans are alarming, and is almost twice the national average. This is just another way BPW members “Help Working Women Work”. Terri

ATTENTION TO EVERYONE ATTENDING CONVENTION -- Please bring art supplies (paint by number kits, pencils and/or art paper, puzzles) and/or journals for them to write in as our service project. We will deliver everything we receive to the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro immediately following the convention on Sunday. These supplies are for their women's inpatient mental health unit. At any one time, they have up to 9 women there.

Page 1 From the President

Page 5 Convention Information

Page 2 April Events

Page 6 State Convention Registration Form

Page 3 2013-14 Candidates for TN State Office

Page 7 State Convention Ad

Page 4 Convention Sponsorship agreement

Page 8 Thought for the Month & Calendar

Jacque Hillman, of Jackson Area BPW and BPW/TN President-Elect, spoke on “I Am Woman: All Things Are Possible” on March 28 to a crowd of University of Memphis-Lambuth students, area residents, faculty and JABPW members. She opened her comments saying, “You can make anything possible. I made a conscious decision somewhere in my life that I would not look back and see how wonderful it could have been had I not been afraid to live it. Doubt is fear. Inaction is fear.” Her speech focused on six women who have followed their dreams and reached amazing successes in their lives. Jackson attorney and BPW member Mary Jo Middlebrooks said, “Jacque gave us an entertaining view into the lives of remarkable women who were not known to most of those gathered to hear her (and the room was full, by the way). There were students, professors and members of the community, all of whom were delighted and enlightened.” Six of the women Jacque has met, interviewed and become friends with over her 30-year career as a newspaper editor. The last recently made the news with her successes. They are: Brenda Valentine, the First Lady of Hunting, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and anchors several TV shows. She started out in life owning a beauty salon in Paris, Tenn. Phila Hach of Nashville, 84, was one of the first American Airlines stewardesses and wrote the book on American Airlines catering. She owns Hachland Hill Properties and Caterers, located 30 miles outside Nashville near Clarksville. Princess Karen Campbell from East Tennessee was studying opera on a voice scholarship at Converse College when her mother became ill, and she had to leave college. She became CEO of Lady Golf and is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Jacksonian Libby Murphy has written “A Tennessee Waltz: A Telling of Tennesseans Tastings, Twirls and Tales” and created a Twirl and Taste website on recipes and entertaining. To date, more than 3.5 million have viewed her site. About 25,000 are fans on Pinterest. Ret. Navy Cmdr. Debbie O’Bryant, a JABPW member, had her last duty post as the Navy admirals’ liaison to Egyptian military command. Retired to Carroll County, she’s now the top female salesperson at Victory Honda and winner of the Silver Level for Sales Leadership. She has been chosen the 2013-2014 Training Coordinator for BPW/TN. Inc. assisting women veterans in receiving benefits, counseling and networking for job placement. Pat Kerr Tigrett, a Savannah, Tenn. native, grew up learning how to sew and now dresses celebrities and royalty around the world in her original couture lace designs through Pat Kerr Inc. Pat Kerr gowns have graced 11 covers of the main bridal books printed today. Sophia Amoruso: In 2006, she was a 22-year-old community college dropout who liked buying vintage clothing. In 2012, her vintage clothing business, named Nasty Gal, sold $100 million in clothing and accessories. Jacque also shared with her audience who she is: A wife, a mom, a former schoolteacher of English and journalism. As a newspaper editor, she has interviewed presidents Clinton and Carter, Al Gore, dined with Morgan Freeman, and chatted with Justin Timberlake, to name a few. Now she is the owner/designer for Reconfigured Art Jewelry and editor/senior partner in The HillHelen Group LLC Media Services. Her jewelry has just been chosen for the Pink Palace “40th Anniversary Celebration of the Arts in Tennessee” and will be shown May through September at the Pink Palace Museum. In her speech, she thanked Jackson Area Business and Professional Women, saying, “Everything they have done to support me, to empower me, has helped me thrive. Good advice – they’ll give it. Excellent training in business skills such as networking, salary negotiations, interviewing, mentoring – they provide it.” She concluded: “Yes, all things are possible to women. Follow your own dream, not someone else’s. Hit the deck running and be yourself. In life, there are really no mistakes; there are only lessons.”

2013 Sterling Awards Jackson Area Business and Professional Women partnered with the Jackson Sun to host the 4th annual Sterling Awards on April 9, 2013 in conjunction with Equal Pay Day. Jan Bynum, President of JABPW and Roy Heatherly, publisher of the Jackson Sun emceed the event. Twenty of the most influential women in West Tennessee were honored for their tremendous contributions. Assisting with the awards was Beth Bates, Past President of JABPW. 2013 Sterling Award Winners: Denise Agee Allen, Anita Kay Archer, Carolyn Beverly, Jan Boud, Vicki Burch, Emma Delk, Dee Henderson, Lynne Henning, Mayor Jill Holland, Susan Johnson, Lanis Karnes, Mayor Jo Matherne, Dian McGuire, Dr. Laura Nord, Dr. Kay Patterson, Meryl Rice, Charlene Roberts, Dr.Kimberly Thornbury, Velma Wilson, and Andrea Young.

Jacque Hillman 2013-14 Incoming BPWTN President As we prepare to move BPW/TN forward, I am glad that so many of you believe in our mission. We work to better the lives of women in the workforce and their families. I thank you for encouraging me to become president of BPW/TN. I go into this position knowing we are capable of accomplishing growth and progress. I hope to build on President Terri Curran’s commitment and steps taken toward moving us forward. When Tennessee’s first BPW local was formed, the world was in turmoil. The men were at war. President Roosevelt knew the women would have to step up and run businesses, and we did it well. So what has changed today? The men and women are at war. The world is in turmoil. It is still up to BPW to help women succeed in business. With one major difference – we vote; we work for laws supporting women and families; we convince our legislators to pay attention to our goals. And one major gap: Equal Pay. We keep working. If we don’t, who will? We also work to get laws passed on domestic violence, human trafficking, child services and unemployment compensation. We have a lot left to do. Today, there are more women veterans than ever who need help re-entering the workforce, getting retraining, going back to school. BPW Foundation has established Joining Forces for Women Veterans® across the country. We are joining forces to provide resources to women veterans and their families. I have three primary goals as president: First, we will help women veterans in Tennessee receive the recognition, benefits and aid they need. We will recruit them as members. Second, we have already begun a major push in West Tennessee to recruit college students. I would like to establish a mentoring system so that we create chapters on each college campus statewide. I took the first step recently when I spoke at University of Memphis-Lambuth for their Lunch and Learn on “I Am Woman: All Things are Possible.” The students and I talked for an hour afterward. Third, we will work, but we will have fun. The soul is buoyed by laughter, by learning and achieving. Fourth, we will continue to support our legislative platform. Eleanor Roosevelt said: “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Yes, there will be changes. As a member since 2002, I have attended many meetings where I have made good friends and seen the same faces. It is time to greet each other and turn to fresh faces and tell them how glad we are that they have joined BPW/TN and support our mission. Join me as we take steps that energize and vitalize BPW/TN. Albert Einstein said: “The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”

The Nominating Committee received the following nomination from candidates seeking State office by the April 5th deadline. Those qualified to run for BPWTN 2013-2014 State Office are listed below. Anyone else wishing to run for office must be nominated from the convention floor on June 7th. If you have any questions, please contact China Willoughby, 2013 Nominations Chair

President Elect Tressy Hart

1st Vice President Karen Cradic-

2nd Vice President LeeAnn Gaddis

Secretary Jan Bynum

Treasurer Carol Turpen

Region I Director Terri Curran

Region III Director Andrea

Business & Professional Women of Tennessee State Convention June 6-9, 2013 Murfreesboro, Tennessee SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT

Company Name:______________________________________________________________ Business or Industry Type:______________________________________________________ Address:_____________________________________________________________________ Contact Person:_______________________________________________________________ E-Mail:______________________________________________________________________ Phone:____________________________________ Fax:_____________________________ The undersigned is pleased to support Business and Professional Women of Tennessee with a 2013 Convention sponsorship as indicated:

BUSINESS: _____ Convention Sponsor - $1,000 includes full page in Convention Program (4 1/2"x 7 1/2"), includes opportunity to place promotional materials into registrants welcome bags, and to a 6’ display table on June 7 & 8. _____ Keynote Speaker Sponsor - $500; includes 1/2 page recognition (4 1/2" x 3 3/4")I includes opportunity to have materials placed on tables at the luncheon, and a 6’ display table on the day of luncheon _____ Friday, June 7 “Supporting Women Veterans” featuring Many Bears Grinder, ____ Saturday, June 8 “Women Mean Business” Luncheon featuring Guest Speaker Jennifer Rawls _____ Friday Night Fun Night Sponsor - $500; includes 1/2 page recognition (4 1/2" x 3 3/4") _____ Supporter - $250; includes 1/3 page ad (4 1/2" x 2 1/4") _____ Acknowledgment - $100; with 1/4 page ad (Horiz 4 1/2" x 1 1/4" or Vert 2" x 3 3/4") _____ Business Card - $50 (Horizontal or Vertical)

BPW LOCALS & MEMBERS: _____ Full Page Local Ad - $100 _____ 1/2 Page Honorarium/Memorial -$50 (Horizontal 4 1/2" x 3 3/4" or Vertical 2" x 7 1/2") _____ 1/4 page ad - $25 (Horizontal 4 1/2" x 1 1/4" or Vertical 2" x 3 3/4") _____ Business Card - $25 (Horizontal or Vertical)

Re: Ad copy for inclusion in the Convention Program I have included/electronically sent:

Ad Orientation:

______ camera ready file (word or jpeg) ______ business card to be reproduced

All copy subject to approval. Signed contract with payment must be received no later than Friday, May 24, 2013.

Signed:_____________________________ Print Name: ___________________________ Date:_____________

BPW Representative: ____________________________Email or Phone: _____________________________

Make checks payable to BPW/TN Convention and mail with contract and ad copy to: Susan Jakoblew, 333 Leo Lane, Nashville, TN 37211 Phone: (615) 519-7498



In support of BPW /TN and in an effort to offset some of our convention expenses, each local is requested to commit to two pages of ads for our Convention Program. Complete details are on page 4.

Program ads can be used to … Promote your business or employer Recognize a mentor who has had an impact on your career Acknowledge the key leadership of your local Share kudos for a job well done Remember in tribute a friend or member who has passed on

ATTENTION TO EVERYONE ATTENDING CONVENTION Please bring art supplies (paint by number kits, pencils and/or art paper, puzzles) and/ or journals for them to write in as our service project. We will deliver everything we receive to the VA Hospital in Murfreesboro immediately following the convention on Sunday. These supplies are for their women's inpatient mental health unit. At any one time, they have up to 9 women there.

Salute the outgoing or incoming officers of your local Give a pat on the back to an effective Legislator— local, county, state or federal official ALSO: Happy to report that we will have vendor space available at convention, but it is limited. Wish to recommend someone or reserve a space for your own endeavor? Contact Susan Jakoblew at or 615-519-7498 today. BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN —

Interested in the Pre-Convention Tour? We'll meet at the Rutherford Co. Chamber of Commerce at 11:30 to meet the bus that takes us to Oaklands Mansion. Lunch is first on the agenda, followed by a tour of the mansion for our group. After the mansion tour, our Chamber hostess will join us for a driving tour of Murfreesboro's attractions and interesting locations. You won't want to miss this opportunity for a little socializing before convention.

2012-2013 BPW TN President Terri Curran BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—BPWTN—

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Come one, Come all …. Business and Professional Women of Tennessee 94th ANNUAL CONVENTION “ BPW - Your Key To Success” June 6-8, 2013 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee HIGHLIGHTS Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:30 am – 3:00 pm

Experience Murfreesboro 1/2 day guided tour of one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country! Join us for a guided tour of Historic Oaklands with private luncheon and a visit to Stones River Battlefield. Sorry, no late registrations accepted for the pre-convention tour.

Friday, June 7, 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Many-Bears Grinder, State Commissioner of Veterans Affairs In January 2011, Governor Bill Haslam selected our keynote speaker to be the Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs – the first female in the State to serve in this capacity. She is responsible for the operation of the Department’s twelve Field Offices, the Claims Office, and the four State Veterans Cemeteries. In addition to serving on the Board for Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children, she is also an ex-officio voting member of the Tennessee State Veterans Home Board, which con-trols the three existing State Veterans Homes, and plans for future homes in Tennessee. Grinder retired as a Colonel from the Tennessee Army National Guard with over 35 years of service and will share what is happening for women veterans in our state.

Other Friday Workshops include: Veteran’s Benefits for Women, Educational and Job Opportunities for Women Veterans, Understanding Parliamentary Procedures, Officers Boot camp, Website Design for Locals AND Discussion about BPW/TN By-laws revisions!

Saturday, June 8, 2013 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Jennifer Rawls, City of Clarksville, Director of Communications Former Executive Director of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women and a Women’s Economic Council Foundation member. Prior to joining the Council, Jennifer practiced law for more than fifteen years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Middle Tennessee State University and graduated from the University Of Tennessee College of Law. A engaging motivational speaker, she offers lessons in communication and public speaking skills, strength-based processes and small business development. Jennifer’s passion is inspiring others to live boldly and to develop life-changing, destinyfulfilling confidence. She brings humor, enthusiasm and warmth to every audience and her personal stories, general observations and expertise motivate and empower people of all walks of life to change their perspectives and their lives.

Other Saturday Workshops include: Starting and Operating Your Own Small Business, Conflict and Leader-ship/ Communication Styles During Times of Organizational Change For additional conference information or to register, contact: Susan Jakoblew, email:, phone: (615) 519-7498 CONVENTION HOTEL: Doubletree by Hilton, 1850 Old Fort Parkway Murfreesboro, TN 37129 615) 895-5555 Negotiated room rates of $109.00 per night including breakfast for single or double occupancy; available for June 6, 7 & 8, 2013. Be sure to mention BPW When making your reservation. *BE ADVISED: The convention coincides with the CMA Music Fest. Rooms are at a premium on this weekend. Please make your room reservation prior to the cut-off date of May 1, 2013. Requests made after the cut-off date are subject to availability and rates higher than the negotiated group rate will apply.

2012-13 BPW/TN Up Coming Events April 30

Deadline for Award Entries

May 15

Deadline for ID Speak Off

May 23

Deadline for Pres. Reports to be sent to State President

May 23

Deadline for Post Convention Reports to be sent to the President Elect.

May 25

Deadline for Newsletter submissions

June 6-9

State Convention

May Days are Pay Days A note from the Editor: It has been a pleasure serving as the

Very special Birthday Wishes for everyone having a Birthday in the Month Of May Best Personal Wishes This year and many more to come!

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: Keep the following BPW members in your Thoughts and Prayers: They need our support

2012-13 Newsletter editor. I hope you have enjoyed the monthly editions. I have tried to make sure that each issue was full of information from the locals and state. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the state of TN in this capacity.


Sharon Taylor-Carrillo

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2012-13 Achiever Editor

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Highlights of this month's issue: - Message from the President- April Events- 2013-14 Candidates for TN State Office- Convention Sponsorship...

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